Lucy Kirkwood

Hedda (NHB Modern Plays)

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A bold new version of Ibsen's tragic masterpiece by an award-winning modern writer of Chimerica.
In Lucy Kirkwood's version of Hedda Gabler, Ibsen's nineteenth-century heroine is relocated to present-day London, to startling effect.
Hedda, still mourning for the father she adored, returns from honeymoon with a husband she doesn't love, to a flat and a pregnancy she doesn't want. Trapped by her past and terrified of her future, bored by her life but too cowardly to walk away from it, she finds herself caught between three men. And in the end, something has to give.
Lucy Kirkwood's Hedda premiered at the Gate Theatre, London, in August 2008.
'a Hedda for our times' Guardian
Ibsen's 19th-century masterpiece relocated thrillingly to London 2008… Kirkwood makes us believe absolutely in this modern-day world of mountainous mortgages and bitchy academia' Evening Standard
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91 printed pages
Original publication
2014
Publication year
2014
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    ned with this person, everlastingly stuck looking at the same face and listening to it talk and chew and snore and breathe. And knowing it’ll

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